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The Senior’s Guide to Staying Healthy Year-Round

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

February 7, 2020

For those who are 65 and older, something as simple as a common cold can lead to future complications. Due to this, it is important to make healthy choices, so follow these nine tips to stay healthy all year-round.

  • Stay active. Being that physical activity is an immune system booster, seniors should consider biking, walking, swimming, or low impact aerobics.

  • Take supplements if necessary. Since there are supplements that help support a healthy immune system, seniors should ask their doctors for supplement recommendations.

  • Maintain a healthy diet. In order to protect your body against bacteria and viruses, you can eat diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Additionally, you should limit your consumption of fatty foods and sugar because they can trigger inflammation in the body and lower the immune system.

  • Wash hands frequently. Being that viruses can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours, it is possible to become ill by touching a virus-covered surface and contaminating your hands.

  • ·     Learn how to manage stress. Increased stress can disrupt functions of the body, including your immune system. By increasing physical activity, getting a good amount of sleep and relaxing, you can reduce your stress level.

  • Get plenty of rest. Besides being able to help reduce your stress level, sleep is how your body repairs itself. In order to make it easier for your body to fight off viruses, be sure to get an adequate amount of sleep.

  • Take steps to prevent infections. Another way to stay healthy throughout the year is to get annual vaccinations.

  • Schedule annual physicals. Scheduling regular checkups can enable your doctor to identify problems early, in order to prevent long-term complications.

  • Avoid contact with sick people. In order to prevent yourself from getting sick, avoid being close to those who are sick. Wearing a face mask is a further step to avoid catching infections.

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